World Food Programme (WFP) – contribution to the country programmes Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger

Project completed

The Sahel region faces periodic food crises due to climatic variations but also due to structural deficiencies in the countries. WFP implements food assistance programmes (e.g. school feeding) in the different countries of the region. SDC provides a financial contribution to the WFP country programmes of the four SDC priority countries. It takes part in the national coordination mechanisms to improve food security in the region and takes part in the policy level dialogue with WFP to strengthen its relevance, coherence and performance.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Burkina Faso
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural development
Primary education
15.12.2012 - 31.12.2013
CHF  10’000’000

The West Africa region has high food insecurity and malnutrition rates in a context of chronic poverty, often compounded by political instability, food price volatility and recurrent droughts and floods. In this context, a significant challenge is balancing acute needs with long-term development goals. To do so, resilience-building and capacity development is mainstreamed into all WFP activities.


The overall objective of the WFP development programmes in the region is to reduce chronic food insecurity and hunger and support disaster prevention measures and emergency preparedness.

Target groups

School children Vulnerable population in poor areas, mainly children, girls and women People suffering from HIV/AIDS

Medium-term outcomes

  • improved access to food for vulnerable people
  • stimulation of agriculture and rural economy
  • improved school enrolment rates
  • Results

    Results from previous phases:  

    In school feeding programmes, as far as possible food is procured locally in order to support the local agricultural production and the lcoal economy. In 2011, WFP procured a total of 2.4 million mt of food valued at US$1.23 billion in 87 countries. 71% of the food was purchased in developing countries. School meals encourage poor households to send children to school and keep them there. WFP school meals programmes often target girls, enabling them to gain an education even in societies that traditionally exclude them from schooling. In the poorest parts of the world, a school meal programme can double primary school enrolment in one year.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    United Nations Organization (UNO)
    • World Food Programme

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    10’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    10’000’000
    Project phases

    Phase 2 15.12.2012 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)